Commercial Appeal (Memphis, TN)
Remote Area Medical (2014)
The Homesman (2014)
"A thoughtful Western that suggests insanity may be as logical a form of refuge, rebellion and self-expression as any for desperate women -- now as well as then? -- condemned to emotional isolation, unpaid hard labor and sexual servitude by loutish men. "
"In transforming Katniss from victim/champion to icon and expanding the stakes from personal survival to political revolution, this third film sacrifices some of the metaphorical power of its teen-centric predecessors... "
"Wirkola finds room for at least one good sight gag (a zombie commandant becomes frustrated when he is unable to return a 'Sieg heil!' salute due to his chopped-off right arm) before he succumbs to the hee-haw bloodbath of the battle royale finale. "
"Like the team's earlier 'Horns and Halos,' which involved the George W. Bush presidency, this documentary suggests that the conventional world that most of us operate within is a phony if comforting illusion that hides a realm of privilege and horror. "
Time Lapse (2015)
Evolution Of A Criminal (2014)
Art and Craft (2014)
"Operating out of a crummy lifelong bachelor's apartment, this prolific art forger is an unassuming and even sympathetic mastermind. With his tall, thin frame and baldish head, he resembles an El Greco Eisenhower, accessorized with Alfred E. Neuman ears. "
Summer of Blood (2014)
Thou Wast Mild and Lovely (2014)
"Josephine Decker's dreamlike quasi-thriller of primitive psychology and goatish sexuality offers a setup that suggests 'The Postman Always Rings Twice' as filtered through Terrence Malick, but then proceeds at its own off-step pace. "
Wild Canaries (2015)
"It's like a lo-fi version of 'Charade' or a hangdog hipster update of 'The Thin Man,' with the frustrated Levine as an amateur sleuth who unearths mysteries of the heart that -- unlike tidy criminal conspiracies -- resist explanation. "
I Believe in Unicorns (2015)
"Leah Meyerhoff's earnest debut is more notable for the integrity of its female point of view and the consistency of its raw yet dreamy visual scheme -- which includes stop-motion fantasy interludes -- than for its familiar coming-of-age scenario. "
American Cheerleader (2014)
John Wick (2014)
"Stylized almost to abstraction (and sometimes to distraction -- such flourishes as fancifully designed subtitles diminish the intensity), this superior revenge film presents life as a series of pitiless, brutal and lethal negotiations... "
Big Hero 6 (2014)
"If the plot and colorful teen heroes are familiar, the setting -- the near-future metropolis of San Fransokyo (imagine a benign 'Blade Runner') -- is intriguing, and the animation -- as always these days -- is dazzling. "
The Theory of Everything (2014)
Beyond the Lights (2014)
"Dido in 'Belle' and Noni here wouldn't seem to have a lot in common, but both roles present Mbatha-Raw as a woman searching for her authentic self within a cultural context that prefers compromised or cartoonish representations of black identity. "
Finding Fela! (2014)
"The movie struck me as unreal and vaguely ridiculous; I found it easy to imagine Will Ferrell in the role of Fletcher, a switch that would require no decrease in tantrums and no change in dialogue. "
The Shooting (1967)
Ride in the Whirlwind (1967)
The Picture of Dorian Gray (1945)
"With its allusions to Baudelaire, Beardsley and Wilde himself, this motion 'Picture' was meant for an adult audience that could sense the youth-runs-Wilde wickedness perpetrated by the title character offscreen, in the spaces between the frames... "
Pumpkinhead II: Blood Wings (1994)
"Most notable for a cast that includes Soleil Moon Frye, the former Punky Brewster, as a spooky teenager ('This stuff is way beyond Ouija boards, you guys'), and Roger Clinton, half-brother of then-President Bill Clinton, as 'Mayor Bubba.' "
Motel Hell (1980)
"The movie is slapsticky and obvious, but it includes one genuinely nightmarish concept: Vincent and Ida cultivate a secret garden of moaning and gurgling burlap sacks -- bags that cover the heads of the couple's buried-to-the-neck victims. "
"The Fibber-McGee's-worst-nightmare scene in which a closet door is opened to reveal a floor-to-ceiling block of worms that cascades over the unlucky door-opener deserves a place of honor in any gross-out montage. "
How to Train Your Dragon 2 (2014)
"It's as beautifully animated as its predecessor, but its mixed message is troubling: It begins by endorsing nonviolence, as Hiccup insists that friendship can be a more powerful motivator than force, but ends by bludgeoning the bad guys into submission. "
"Although hardly 'Blazing Saddles,' the movie is pretty funny when it depicts the Old West as a place of such 'general depressing awfulness' it can sink a person into 'a disgusting, awful, dirty cesspool of despair.' "
Let's Be Cops (2014)
"Released the week of the Ferguson shooting, the film seemed poised to probe the raw nerves of America's love-hate relationship with law enforcement. Unfortunately, the spoofery of police power soon gives way to formula comedy and be-all-you-can-be uplift. "
"More interesting than the movie is its motivation: Does Hasbro really consider it smart marketing to make a film that suggests that playing with their Ouija game is likely to kill you and all your friends? "
A Walk Among the Tombstones (2014)
Keep On Keepin' On (2014)
"Hope is the thing with feathers, but 'Birdman' is the thing that requires feathers, tantrums, corridors, dressing rooms, digital effects, prowling camera movements and a dubiously punctuated pretentious subtitle to tell its story... "
Dear White People (2014)
St. Vincent (2014)
"A showcase for a slobby star and sloppy sentiment, 'St. Vincent' is an entirely bogus enterprise except that it may leave you, against your better judgment, with a genuine smile on your authentic face. "
The Blue Room (2014)
The Best Of Me (2014)
"Dawson is called a "white trash piece of (poo)" by his own daddy, which is rich, because daddy -- a low-rent bayou criminal with a mean dog on a chain, a shanty tramp on his lap and jet-black dye on his hair -- actually is a white trash piece of (poo). "
"With its 'Greatest Generation' context, 'Fury' offers a way for Ayer to legitimize his signature carnage and to reach audiences unsympathetic to stories of drug dealers and other urban perps, but the effort feels somewhat presumptuous... "
The Maze Runner (2014)
Night Moves (2014)
The Signal (2014)